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Posted on: April 10, 2017

What will you do this weekend?

April 14

Enjoy the Fossil Frenzy at York River State Park on Friday, April 14 at 10 a.m. Long before there was a York River State Park, or even a York River, 6,000 plus years ago, marine creatures swam here in a shallow sea. Early whales, porpoises, sharks, clams, scallops, and snails all left traces of their existence which we now find as fossils. Join us in discovering relics of these very old creatures as we hike to a fossil beach. No cost, but there is a $4 parking fee. Please call 757-566-3036 to make reservations.

Attend special programming at Historic Jamestowne on Saturday, April 15 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. with Inside James Fort: The Powhatan Indians. The archaeology from inside the fort site offers evidence that local Native tribes were frequent visitors during the earliest years of the settlement. Join Daniel Firehawk Abbott of the Nanticoke people from Maryland's Eastern Shore to learn about the material culture and lifeways of the Tidewater Algonquians as well as their interactions with the settlers of Jamestown. After spending time with Daniel, be sure to visit the Archaearium to see Native American artifacts recovered from James Fort in the exhibit entitled "The World of Pocahontas." This programming is included with paid admission to Historic Jamestowne.

Join The Williamsburg Winery as they pair yoga and wine together during a series of classes in April. Classes are at 10 a.m. There are three classes remaining and you can sign up for individual courses or the entire program. Classes will be led by Mary Robinson of Body Balance Studio. Each class will reflect the featured wine. For example, The Midsummer Night's White wine is lightly sweet, aromatic and tropical. You can expect our Midsummer Night's White yoga class to be similar, a light gentle practice, including tropical themed yoga music, a playful vinyasa flow, as well as mindfulness and meditation. Classes are $25 per session and include a one hour guided yoga class, a glass of wine and 15% off discount voucher for the Gabriel Archer Tavern.

  • Saturday, April 15: 2015 A Midsummer Night's White
  • Saturday, April 22: 2015 Virginia Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Saturday, April 29: 2015 Acte12 of 1619 Chardonnay

Celebrate Garden Month by attending The Best Perennials for Tidewater (ages 18+) seminar on Saturday, April 15 from 10-11:30 a.m. at Freedom Park. Les Parks, Curator of Herbaceous Plants at the Norfolk Botanical Garden, will share information on growing the best perennials for our area. For information, email Les at This event is part of the Learn and Grow Educational Series sponsored by the Williamsburg Botanical Garden. The program is free, although a $5.00 donation to help the Garden grow is appreciated. After the program, Master Gardeners will be in the Garden to answer questions and talk about what is in bloom.

Visit the La Tienda retail store every Saturday from 1-4 p.m. for a free tasting of Spanish wines paired with artisan foods. The La Tienda wine program manager carefully selects each pairing to bring out the best in both the wine and the food.

Jamestown Discovery Boat Tours launches for the 2017 season on Saturday, April 15. Have you ever taken one of their boat tours? They are the only river based tour boat on the James River at Jamestown Island.

Enjoy the Trail of the Month at York River State Park. Explore an estuarine marsh on the way to Fossil Beach. Named for one of the local Native American tribes, the Mattaponi Trail has a variety of landscapes and connects to other trails. This month’s trial is the Mattaponi Trail. For an inside scoop about the trail, visit the Virginia State Parks blog.

Enjoy a round of FootGolf at Kiskiack Golf Club. FootGolf is available on Sundays after 3 p.m. It is $15 to play and $21 to play with a cart. Call the pro shop at 757-566-2200 ext. 3 to reserve your FootGolf tee time!

Easter-related activities

Take your little adventurers on the most epic Easter egg hunt ever at Go Ape Williamsburg on Saturday, April 15 and Sunday, April 16! The Gorilla-bunny will be hopping around our Treetop Junior courses, hiding eggs all over the treetops. There will be a variety of Easter goodness handed out and special Easter prizes for any little monkey who spots all of the eggs! Remember this event occurs on the junior course, so make sure to select that when booking.

Take the kids to a special Easter storytime at Barnes & Noble in New Town Williamsburg on Saturday, April 15 at 11 a.m. The featured story is Too Many Carrots. When Rabbit collects too many carrots, which leave him unable to sleep in his cozy burrow, other animals offer to share their homes. Will Rabbit make his way back? Activities and coloring follow storytime.

Join Jamestown 4-H Educational Center for a pancake breakfast and Easter egg hunt on Saturday, April 15. The breakfast is from 8:30-11 a.m. and the egg hunt is at 11 a.m. Breakfast is $6 for adults and $4 for children aged 4-12. Children 3 and under are free. The egg hunt is a free family program. Additional activities include arts and crafts and pictures with the Easter bunny. Please make reservations for the pancake breakfast by calling 757-253-4931. To RSVP for the Easter egg hunt please call 757-253-4931and bring a basket! All proceeds from the breakfast will be used to serve military children including Operation Purple Camp.

Come join the fun at the annual Easter Egg Hunt for residents’ ages 0-7 on Saturday, April 15, 2017. With over 10,000 eggs for the hunts, these events are ones to see! Hunts are divided by age and will be held in Wanner Stadium and at the Abram Frink Jr. Community Center. Bring your Easter basket and camera! Also enjoy face painting, refreshments for purchase and more! Weather permitting. This event is sponsored by James City County Parks & Recreation and Williamsburg Parks & Recreation.

Warhill Sports Complex, 4900 Stadium Road (baseball fields)
9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

  • Walking - 2 Years…… 10 a.m.
  • 3 Years……………….. 10:10 a.m.
  • 4 Years……………….. 10:20 a.m.
  • 5 Years……………….. 10:30 a.m.
  • 6 Years……………….. 10:40 a.m.
  • 7 Years……………….. 10:50 a.m.

Abram Frink Jr. Community Center, 8901 Pocahontas Trail

1-2 p.m.

  • Walking - 7 Years…… 1:30 pm

Come out to James River Baptist Church for their free, fun Easter Eggstravaganza on Saturday, April 15 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. There will be Easter egg hunts, bounce houses, games, crafts, face painting and much more! Anyone and everyone is welcome!

Visitors and area residents are invited to attend the 2017 Easter Sunrise Service held on Historic Jamestowne Island. The service will start at 7 a.m. on Sunday, April 16. Worshippers have gathered around the Jamestown Cross for over 65 years to celebrate Easter together. Representatives from many faiths will participate in the service. This event is sponsored by Williamsburg Clergy, in cooperation of the National Park Service and Preservation Virginia. Service will be canceled in case of rain. There is a 10 minute walk from the parking area. It is recommended to wear shoes suitable for walking and standing on potentially wet ground. Bringing lawn chairs and a jacket is highly encouraged. For more information, please call 757-258-1132.

Enjoy a special Easter brunch buffet at Opus 9 Steakhouse on Sunday, April 16 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Menu includes starters, made to order items, carving station and desserts. Limited space available, reservations recommended by calling 757-645-4779. Cost is $38.95 for adults and children under 12 are $15.95. For complete menu details, please visit the website.

Hop on over to Carrot Tree Kitchens for their Easter Brunch Buffet on Sunday, April 16 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Menu includes carving stations, breakfast casseroles, polenta benedict, sweet crepes, savory crepes, country ham, mac' n cheese, ambrosia, seafood newburg and carrot vichyssoise as well as all the best from the bakery on a dessert bar. Cost is $29.95. To make reservations call 757-229-0957.

Enjoy Easter with a special dinner at Café Provençal! Café Provençal will be open from 12-3 p.m. Wiley Bar will open at 11:30 a.m. Price of menu per person is exclusive of taxes and gratuity. Extensive wine and beverage list will be available. Menu includes four courses. Reservations require a credit card upon booking. For reservations, please call 757-941-0317.

Enjoy special Easter dinner specials at Opus 9 Steakhouse on Sunday, April 16 from 5-9 p.m. Menu options include acorn squash soup, Mobjack Bay Oysters Casino, oysters on the half shell as appetizers. Special entrees include duck two ways, seared prawns, slow roasted prime rib and chateaubriand. Dessert options include butternut squash pie and chocolate covered brownies. Prices vary based on choices. For complete menu details, please visit the website. The regular dinner menu will also be available. Reservations recommended by calling 757-645-4779.

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